Santa Fe, you seem like a lovely town. But we were not meant to be.
Thursday, June 12, 2008

Synopsis of our 10 year Anniversary trip to Santa Fe, NM (not for the faint of heart) :

Leave Lubbock Wednesday around lunch.

Arrive at our Bed and Breakfast in Santa Fe five and a half hours later.

Eat Dinner. Catch a movie. Talk about how we'll spend the next day exploring Santa Fe: Shopping for a print to hang over the fireplace in the new house, purchasing some jewelry made by local artists, and visiting the Georgia O'Keeffe museum are on the agenda.

Late Thursday, we call to check on the kids, who are back in Lubbock staying with friends. Get a report that Ryan has been thowing up. Repeatedly.

Go to sleep, agreeing with the sitter that the worst is over and he'll feel better by morning.

He doesn't feel better by morning. He's still throwing up, and our daughter has started in with the same symptoms.

Leave Santa Fe Thursday morning, after arriving a mere 18 hours earlier on Wednesday evening. Artwork, jewelry, and Georgia O'Keeffe will have to wait until next time. We're disappointed. And a little grumpy. (And honestly, we feel as bad or worse for our friends who've been cleaning up after our kids. Throw-up is never fun, but it's so much worse when it's not even your own kid! We owe them big. SO. BIG.)

Total time in the car: 11 hours
Total time in Santa Fe: 18 hours

Better luck next year. The next time our anniversary falls on Friday the 13th, I might be hesitant to plan a trip out of town. Ha!

The silver lining is that after 10 years, I'm more in love with Jonathan than I ever have been, and I know we have many, many more anniversaries yet to come.'s not like our vacation was a "great escape" from a stressful existence. We came back home to a life we love. Great jobs, great church, and some of the best friends I've ever had.

Santa Fe - we hope to see you again soon. Under much happier circumstances!

Blogger Matthews had this to say:

Ugh. I'm sooooooooooooo sorry! I just read Jonathan's as well. At least you had great driving time! Hope the kiddos are on the mend.

June 12, 2008 at 10:54 PM 

Blogger Foresterclan had this to say:

We were supposed to be headed on an Alaskan cruise for our 10th this weekend. HA HA. But Praise God, we will be spending our anniversary doing last minute packing for our trip to Peru!!

Happy 10th Anniversary!! We should plan a cruise for our 13th and go together!

(BTW, sorry your trip was ended prematurley, i've had that happen too!)

June 13, 2008 at 12:18 AM 

Blogger StephCliff had this to say:

Boo! I'm sorry your trip didn't work out. But happy 10th anniversary!!

June 13, 2008 at 9:15 AM 

Blogger Shelly Collins had this to say:

So sorry Starr! I would be grumpy too. Your anniversary is on my birthday I guess. Turning 30 on Fri. the 13th...spooky!

I remember your wedding!

June 13, 2008 at 11:15 AM 

Blogger Kelly had this to say:

That really stinks, Starr. Sorry for you both. I guess one night away is better than no nights away! It looks like our 10 year anniversary next week will be celebrated by putting a new roof on our house and new brakes on my car... Oh the romance! There's always next year, right?

June 13, 2008 at 1:17 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Happy 10 years! Sorry to hear about the kids, but there so many more anniversaries to look forward to.

June 14, 2008 at 12:15 AM 

Blogger Catrina had this to say:

Happy Anniversary, Starr! I'm having a hard time getting a grasp on the fact that Eric and I will be married 5 years in September, much less a decade! Ha! Sorry to hear that Santa Fe didn't work out this year. But it's a great town. You should try to get back there sometime.

June 14, 2008 at 4:52 AM 

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